Childrens Cross Connection International
March 31, 2012
I started working with CCCI in 2002 as a volunteer. I have traveled twice to Africa to participate with the work there-first in launching the Seeds of Hope orphanage, then in providing necessary oversight for the organization. I have also identified a possible site for a future hospital to be constructed near Turmi in the southwest of Ethiopia near the Sudan border. If built, this facility would service at least 10 nomadic tribes that essentially know no national boundaries and who currently have no medical care to speak of. We have been able to convince the mothers to give us the infants that would have been exposed to die because of religious beliefs. We then are able to adopt the otherwise healthy children out to willing parents. I've also participated here in getting children brought here to hospitals and surgeons for life-altering medical care. I've made arrangements for hospitalizations, surgeries, housing, transportation, doctors' visits, and sundry other items during their stays. On occasion, they have stayed in my home. Currently, I serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors. It is a great honor and a great privilege to work with CCCI-and one that I refuse to relinquish! These kids are now MY kids in a very real way.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my own home, by working side by side with them, by participating in travels abroad (Ethiopia), and by being with the children as they have life-changing medical procedures done.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would raise as much as I could in the way of funding. We just never seem to have enough funds.
Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?
How much of an impact do you think this organization has?
Will you tell others about this organization?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
How did you learn about this organization?
Through a small little blurb in my church newsletter.
What is this organization's top short-term priority?
Restructuring so we can regroup and refocus our energies according to the current WHO guidelines. I believe that this will enable us to be more effective in the future
What is its top priority in the long run?
Essentially what it has always been-equipping the medical providers of third world countries to better provide for the needs of their own citizens in a real and positive way.
Board Member & Domestic case management, host family, secretary, driver, computer geek, web designer, executive assistant.